Picking the right Web Hosting can be a tricky task. A lot of things needs to be checked and reviewed before picking the right host. Well, in this post we have reviewed Kinsta Hosting which is truly one of the best WordPress Hosting in the market.
So without wasting any further time, let’s dive right in!
What is Kinsta Hosting?
With office in London, Budapest and Los Angeles Kinsta is killing in the WordPress hosting industry by offering premium and fast web host service.
Some of the Kinsta clients include Drift, Ubisoft, AdEspresso, Mint.com, and many more.
In this detailed and unbiased Kinsta review, I’ll share with you how Kinsta is currently the best WordPress hosting for big business and enterprise companies.
Kinsta Dashboard: A Brief Overview
I’m in love with the look and feel of the Kinsta dashboard. I mean, it looks stunning.
Well, apart from this beautiful looking dashboard, you have the two-factor authentication for higher security.
You have the activity log which shows you all the activities that have ever happened in your account. After you login the best practice is always to check the activity logs to know if everything’s going good or not.
Here’s the screenshot of the main dashboard where you’ll see all the data transfers, invoices, and individual visitors data.
Right after it, you have the sites tab which shows you a list of the sites that are hosted on Kinsta.
You have individual settings for each site. Click on any of the active sites and you will see a settings tab with which you can get database access, install an SSL certificate, update PHP version and a lot more.
Next, we have the beautiful Kinsta Analytics which shows you the total number of unique visitors who visited your site and the bandwidth usage right in your dashboard.
You can set up your CDN within seconds by adding your domain and updating the name servers.
Lastly, you have the knowledge base that answers all your queries that you have using the system in general.
Kinsta Hosting Features
Kinsta has a lot of exciting features to explore. Let’s have a closer look one-by-one.
1) Automatic WordPress Site Backups
Kinsta takes automatic daily backups of your WordPress sites.
They have backups of two weeks in the buffer just in case something goes wrong with your site and you want to recover it completely.
For the daily backups, you can increase the frequency by purchasing extra add-ons.
If you have a high-traffic site, in that case, for an extra fee, you can take backups from every hour to every six hours. If you have a dynamic site, where you can make a lot of changes this upgrade would very well be worth it.
You don’t have to worry about your site crashing due to the heavy traffic load as Kinsta is hosted on Google Cloud Platform where the cloud automatically scales to increase the load capacity.
Apart from that, you can check the live status of Kinsta servers to see if any major incidents are reported or not.
While choosing a hosting company, it’s your job to check whether or not they can manage high-traffic sites without any discrepancies or not.
2) One-Click WordPress Installation
Installing WordPress with Kinsta is a breeze. The process is straightforward and without knowing a single line of code, you can complete the WordPress installation in minutes.
From the left navigation menu, click on Sites.
Next up, from the top-right corner, click on the “Add site” button.
Fill in all the details and in the select install mode option, choose “Add a brand new WordPress install.”
Finally, fill in the admin password and other basic details and click on the “Add site” button.
That’s it! You have successfully added your first WordPress site in Kinsta.
If you have multiple sites added, you can manage all of them under one dashboard.
3) Hosting on Google Cloud
One of the key things which make Kinsta stand out from the crowd is the use of Google Cloud Platform hosting.
You get a strong infrastructure by Google for your WordPress site which will be running by Google’s premium tier global network. This is the exact hosting used by large companies like Best Buy, Shopify, Coco-Cola, to name a few.
As Kinsta is Google Cloud Platform partner, you have the option to choose your data center out of the 20 available options.
Here’s the full list of server locations.
- Changhua County, Taiwan (asia-east1)
- Tokyo, Japan (asia-northeast1)
- Sydney, Australia (australia-southeast1)
- Moncks Corner, South Carolina, USA (us-east1)
- São Paulo, Brazil (southamerica-east1)
- London, UK (europe-west2)
- Frankfurt, Germany (europe-west3)
- Jurong West, Singapore (asia-southeast1)
- Tokyo, Japan (asia-northeast1)
- Mumbai, India (asia-south1)
- St. Ghislain, Belgium (europe-west1)
- Montréal (northamerica-northeast1)
- Netherlands (europe-west4)
- Hamina, Finland (europe-north1)
- Los Angeles, California (us-west2)
- Hong Kong (asia-east2)
- The Dalles, Oregon, USA (us-west1)
- Ashburn, Virginia, USA (us-east4)
- Zürich, Switzerland (europe-west6)
- Osaka, Japan (asia-northeast2)
- Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA (us-central1)
The best part about this entire process is, you have your isolated WordPress installation which you don’t share with any other sites all thanks to the advanced Google Cloud feature also known as LDX containers.
If by any means, you get a sudden traffic hike, the automatic scaling by Google Cloud makes sure your site is still up and running.
4) Free Site Migration
If you plan to migrate your site from other hosts to Kinsta with the free site migration feature you can do it instantly.
For that, sign up for an account in Kinsta, now from the available options in the left navigation menu, click on “Migration.”
Next up, you have to fill the migration request form and the team will take care of the rest. They will schedule a time and migrate the site manually for you free of cost. This process is handled by their expert migration team and during the process they double check your site and make sure everything looks good. You don’t just save money but time as well!
Meanwhile, in the migration process, you won’t see any downtime and the support team will test your site before finally making it live.
The entire process is super simple and smooth with Kinsta that you don’t need to worry about it at all.
5) Free SSL
Kinsta has partnered with Let’s Encrypt which provides you with free SSL certificates for your WordPress sites.
If you plan to install the SSL from Let’s Encrypt site you need to juggle around with certificate keys, CSR or private keys. However, with Kinsta, you can install SSL certificate within a click of a button. Pretty cool, right?
You can also use your custom certificates for which you need to upload custom certificate keys right into the Kinsta dashboard.
6) WordPress Website Staging Service
Staging is used to play around with new plugins and release new features on your test website.
All plans of Kinsta comes with one-click staging feature.
If you have a custom coded WordPress site, you, by all means, need this feature to try out new things on your site.
Once done with the testing on your demo site, you can take all those changes and apply it on your live site without any downtime.
While choosing the host for your WordPress site, make sure they have a staging feature offered with the plan.
7) WordPress Expert Support Team
I was blown away with the support team.
I did a test message on how to install WordPress in Kinsta and you won’t believe I got a message in less than 7 seconds. That’s whopping fast.
Here’s a screenshot
You can shoot all your questions because they are there for you 24/7.
From general WordPress queries to the technical ones, the team will answer all your questions.
If you see from the above screenshot of my chat, instead of giving an article link to read, the support executive asked me to address the issue so that he can assist me better which in my opinion is fantastic.
8) Included Free CDN
Starting from November 2017 Kinsta added the free CDN service in all the plans.
KeyCDN is what you get with Kinsta which is one of my favorite CDN companies. The combination of Kinsta servers with KeyCDN makes it a monster and almost impossible to beat in terms of overall speed and performance.
You get a decent amount of bandwidth in all the available plans so that won’t be an issue.
With Kinsta, your website is monitored 24*7 for any hacks and security breach.
The Kinsta team constantly checks for the latest server updates and monitor the events to give your WordPress site the best security possible.
However, if it’s your bad day and your site gets hacked (which won’t happen), the team will fix and remove the malware from your site no matter what.
The company guarantees you to have your WordPress site back to normal and they deal with such cases on an immediate priority. All and all you don’t need to buy other paid security plugins and software once you invest in Kinsta hosting.
Caching helps your site load fast by storing the session in users cookies.
Caching is further divided into four types:
- CDN cache
- Object cache
- Page cache
- Bytecode cache
For all the Kinsta users, they don’t need to worry about installing any third-party cache plugins as Kinsta has a proper built-in caching system that helps your site load fast. But the good news is that they fully support WP Rocket in case you would like to take advantage of the plugin’s other features.
Kinsta Hosting Pricing Details
Kinsta is a premium hosting company and their pricing is high compared to the other shared web hosting companies.
Although they charge more money the service you get Kinsta is top-notch and the extra price you pay is very well worth it.
Kinsta hosting majorly focuses on all businesses running on WordPress but don’t want to deal with the technical details like server updates and server management. They do have a starter plan for newbie bloggers and developers which starts at $30/mo with 20k monthly visits and one WordPress active installation.
Other Kinsta hosting plans are as follows:
Pro: Starts at $60 per month with two WordPress installs, 40,000 visits, and 10 GB disk space.
Business plans: Starts at $100 per month with three WordPress installs 100,000 visits, and 15 GB disk space.
Enterprise plans: Starts at $600 per month for 60 WordPress installs, 1,000,000 visits, and 80 GB disk space.
You have plans for hosting up to 150 WordPress sites. If you need more than this then contact the support team they will assist you further.
If you pay annually, you get 2-months access for entirely free.
And did I mention that you also have a 30-day no questions asked money back guarantee? Which means you can try Kinsta without even risking your money.
Kinsta Overage Fees
Kinsta overage fee is applied in your account directly when your website exceeds the plan limit.
It’s further divided into two main categories:
You are charged $1 for every 1000 visits after you burn out your plan limits.
You are charged $0.10 for each GB you use after the plan limit.
These charges are added to your upcoming invoice so you don’t need to worry about going your site down just because you went over your plan’s limit.
Kinsta can take your website down for a while in the beginning until the issue gets resolved.
I hope you liked my Kinsta Hosting review.
If you have any question or feel like I have missed out on something important, feel free to drop a comment down below and let me know.
Which feature you love the most in Kinsta hosting? Let me know in the comments.